Traders and Businessmen have been exploring a whole world of options to meet the losses they incurred during the pandemic. But, at times, they don't quite think about the laws they will be breaking by adopting money-making practices in the guise of their regular business. After months of tracking and information, the city police arrested a trio of men trying to sell sharp-edged swords and daggers near New Hills Hotel, Band Lane, Basheerbagh.
The police acquired87 sharp and dangerous-looking swords, daggers, and sheaths along with money and three mobile phones from the accused men's godown of Mahaveer gifts and novelties in Cinthala complex, Siddiamber bazaar.
The whole idea of this store was to sell artificial and almost real-looking swords and blades during wedding seasons as there was a growing demand to be used as a decorative piece or a prop for the groom. 55-year-old Raj Kumar, The owner of the novelty store, decided to order real daggers and swords from New Delhi illegally and another place up north and used to store them in the godown and sell them to people here.
He employed 21-year-old Ankit Lal to handle the sales of these swords and capped the rates of the blades from Rs.1000 to Rs.1500 based on the party. After few weeks, when 20-year-old Syed Khaleel joined this duo, he started putting these swords up on social media to promote and decided to sell at an unreasonable rate and even charge pretty high for rentals.
Syed Khaleel began to pose with these swords, indulged in threatening people from his area and was also involved in minting money that way. The officials from Commissioners Task Force apprehended the trio, seized their possessions, and handed them over to the Station House Officer(SHO), Saifabad, for further investigation.